Down bedding. Saunas. Private porches. Nope, it’s not the Ritz-Carlton. We’re talking about glamping, where the creature comforts of a five-star hotel meet the great outdoors. Here’s where to go when you aren’t up for sleeping on the ground but still want to enjoy nature outside of your fully furnished, deluxe canvas tent. Presenting the 12 best glamping spots in Northern California.

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1. MENDOCINO GROVE, MENDOCINO

Distance from SF: 3 hours

Best for: A home-away-from-home camping experience

Cost: From $165 per night

Need a weekend getaway? Now’s the perfect time to go glamping along the coast at Mendocino Grove, a sophisticated camping experience for those of us who prefer a real bed. Watch the sunset from a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the 37-acre property. Then retreat to your safari-style tent and keep warm under your down comforter. Freshen up the next morning at the Bathhouse with subway-tiled showers and EO toiletries while the kids busy themselves with outdoor games and a swingset in the Meadow.

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Treebones Resort

2. THE AUTONOMOUS TENT AT TREEBONES RESORT, BIG SUR

Distance from SF: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Best for: A once-in-a-lifetime experience

Cost: From $645 per night

Nestled up on the bluffs of the beautiful Big Sur coast, the exceptional Treebones Resort offers a unique assortment of accommodations, from traditional campsites and yurts to an artful twig hut and human-sized bird’s nest. But we recommend the one-of-a-kind jewel called the Autonomous Tent. You’ll get 600 square feet of solar-powered living space with an en suite bathroom, bamboo floors and a soaring ceiling. Oh, and a private deck with a firepit and your own view of one of Cali’s most stunning sunsets over the Pacific.

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3. INN TOWN CAMPGROUND, NEVADA CITY

Distance from SF: 3 hours

Best for: Family camping minus the hard work

Cost: From $85 per night

The Inn Town Campground, located on 15 acres of land just minutes from downtown Nevada City, has a little something for everyone: a campground for tents, RV hookups and, yes, 20 glamping tents with fluffy beds, heated mattress pads and a 3,000-square-foot space called The Commons with a camp store, bathrooms and a swimming pool (all of which are now open)—so the kids can be entertained while you finish that Great American Novel of yours.

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4. BELCAMPO FARMS, MOUNT SHASTA

Distance from SF: 4 hours

Best for: A bucolic escape from city life

Cost: From $125 per night

Belcampo Farms, known for its premium meats and beloved for its open pastures and certified-humane practices, gives us city folk a chance to experience their ranch IRL. Sleep in a luxury canvas tent under the stars and wake up to the sunrise over Mt. Shasta, a 14,000-foot volcano. The glamp sites at Belcampo’s farm orchard couldn’t be more idyllic—and perfect for the non-camper, with queen-size beds, Pendleton blankets, sheepskin rugs and private bathrooms with heated showers in a rustic barn. Pick strawberries and tomatoes from the garden for your camp-cooked meals and make some time to frolic with the farm animals. It doesn’t get more country-living than this.

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5. WILDHAVEN SONOMA, HEALDSBURG

Distance from SF: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Best for: Waterfront glamping at its finest

Cost: From $109 per night

Ten acres of riverfront property with 30 safari-style tents just a short 10-minute drive from charming downtown Healdsburg—this is Wildhaven Sonoma. Each roomy tent has real beds, electricity and heaters, and the property has bathrooms with showers, an outdoor kitchen and general store for the perfect home-away-from-home weekend. There’s no shortage of onsite activities (yoga classes on the river bluff, wine tasting and live music), but the real draw is the private river access and beaches for all the R&R you deserve.

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6. VENTANA CAMPGROUND, BIG SUR

Distance from SF: 4 hours

Best for: A rustic-meets-luxe experience

Cost: From $450 per night

For all of the non-campers out there, this luxurious glamp-ground is for you. Choose from one of 15 safari-style canvas tents pitched in a 20-acre redwood canyon, all featuring custom-designed mattresses with premium hotel linens. Hike your way through the forest during the day and then cozy up on your private deck at night to roast s’mores over your personal fire pit.

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7. COSTANOA TENT BUNGALOWS, PESCADERO

Distance from SF: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Best for: A close and convenient kid-friendly escape

Cost: From $150 per night

With miles of hiking and beach access, there’s no shortage of things to do at Costanoa. Canvas tent bungalows come with queen-size beds and bunks for the kids, plus electric blankets to stay toasty at night. There’s a general store and restaurant on site, plus “comfort stations” for glampers that have hot showers and flush toilets surrounding a central courtyard with a fireplace, sauna and heated concrete floors.

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8. BOON GLAMPING, GUERNEVILLE

Distance from SF: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Best for: A hotel experience in a glamping tent

Cost: From $230 per night

Custom reclaimed redwood furniture, platform beds with Coyuchi organic linens, Malin+Goetz bath products and breakfast delivered to your doorstep: sounds too nice for a glampsite, right? Not at Boon, the Guerneville hotel that extends the same hospitality to its tent guests as it does to its room guests. Did we mention there’s a gorgeous pool, hot tub, lawn croquet and a full-service spa (which is up and running again!). These glamping tents are only available May through October, though, so book your spot stat.

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9. SONOMA TREEHOUSE ADVENTURE, OCCIDENTAL

Distance from SF: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Best for: Thrillseekers

Cost: From $550 per person

This one’s not for the faint of heart. Once your bags are delivered to your treehouse, the adventure begins. Think 14 zip lines, two spiral staircases, eight sky bridges and a rappel back down to the forest floor. As a reward for all your thrill seeking, you’ll be treated to a gourmet dinner delivered to your “room” and breakfast following a peaceful treetop slumber.

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Dan Braun

10. CAMP NAVARRO, ANDERSON VALLEY

Distance from SF: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Best for: A weekend in the woods

Cost: From $179 per night

Starting this month, Mendocino County’s famed Camp Navarro (which is typically only open for private events and festivals) is open for public bookings on select weekends. Choose from cozy cabins, glamping teepees or East Coast-style Adirondack cabins (BYO bedding per COVID protocols) with their “Weekend in the Woods” package. Perfect for couples, families and all outdoor enthusiasts, this getaway guarantees the chance to unplug and unwind at the 200-acre property under a canopy of centuries’ old redwoods. Miles of hiking trails, swimming holes, archery, an arts & crafts barn and campfire s’mores make for sleepaway camp vibes that will have you feeling like a kid again. And what could be better than that?

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Rob Williamson

11. BACKYARD GLAMPING WITH THE GET OUT

Best for: A great at-home option with the kids

Cost: Tents from $450

Whether you’re in the mood for retro car camping or pitching a tent in the backyard, newly launched The Get Out has you covered. Choose from an assortment of stylish, throwback-style tents and adventure-ready gear to create the perfect “glamping” setup…without leaving the creature comforts of home (like your own, very nice bathroom).

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12. RENT A TENT FROM SHELTER CO.

Best for: The bespoke outdoor experience of your dreams

Cost: Price upon request

If you’re intent on a truly unique experience and you don’t mind shelling out the big bucks, Shelter Co. will help you plan a glamorous getaway. Specify the location, type of trip, head count, budget and overall vision, and they’ll do the rest. Think bearskin rugs, Pendleton blankets, leather lounge chairs and catered meals for corporate retreats, bachelorette weekends and weddings. Fancy.

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